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    Madison falls to West Geauga

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    MADISON—Shots weren’t falling for Madison as the Blue Streaks fell to visiting West Geauga in a Friday afternoon affair, 59-51.

    The Wolverines led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter but Madison rallied on multiple occasions to tighten the game in the closing minutes.

    “I told my team we played every bit as well today as we did on Tuesday,” said Madison head coach Tedd Wagner. “Our effort was there, our pacing was there, but our shots didn’t go.”

    Madison connected on 9-of-15 shots from behind the arc in a 56-39 win at Nordonia on Tuesday. The Blue Streaks hit from long range just four times against the Wolverines.

    Chloe Bancroft, who finished with eight points, recorded two of Madison’s 3-pointers.

    “I told Bancroft, ‘You’re not going to shoot 60-percent for the year, but keep firing away,” Wagner said. “You know, if the shots will fall a little bit better today might have been a different game, but I’m sure their size and pressure had a lot to do with that.”

    West Geauga attacked on both ends of the court and that aggressive style led to three Wolverines finishing in double figures.

    Alexa Hocevar led the way with a game-high 18 points. Tara Gall contributed with 14 and Maggie Furst finished with 13.

    Meghan Zebrowski didn’t score for the Wolverines, but she helped to control the paint.

    “They really just they cleaned up inside,” said West Geauga coach Brandon Stewart. “Meghan and Tara were down there just banging inside a lot. They were able to finish inside and I don’t know how many offensive rebounds they had, but they’re able to go back up finish strong. They made some big free throws there towards the end as well, too. That was huge out of them on the inside.”

    Kearsten Woleben led the Blue Streaks with a career-high 16 points. Payton Lewanski also scored in double-figures with 14 and Chloe Bancroft and Riley Montagner contributed with eight and five points, respectively.

    “Woleben did a heck of a job,” Wagner said. “I knew she could impact the game. That’s what she can do and you saw it today. That was the best game she has ever played for us and I need that Woleben every day. Payton was tremendous as well. Payton got the ball and finished. She battled inside. She was upset when she fouled out but she fouled out because she was aggressive and worked her butt off.”

    Madison dropped to 1-2 on the year but the Blue Streaks haven’t had an easy start to the season.

    They opened at Perry, who won three straight district titles, and then played at Nordonia before hosting West Geauga.

    It won’t get any easier for the Blue Streaks as they travel to Brush on Tuesday.

    “We can schedule four powder puffs but that’s not going to help us in the long run,” Wagner said. “It’s not going to help us win the league when we have to play Kenston, North, Mayfield, Riverside, Chardon, South, and everyone else, so it is what it is. Last year, I think we got screwed a little in the seeding vote so it doesn’t matter what we do. Conferences are going to stick together so we might as well play the toughest schedule possible and we’ll be ready for the tournament.”

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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